Today, Caligari Records announces February 2nd, 2023 as the international release date for Act of Impalement‘s highly anticipated second album, Infernal Ordinance, on CD and cassette tape formats.
Formed in 2012, Nashville’s Act of Impalement steadily sharpened their sound over a handful of demos and EPs, culminating in the 2018 debut album, Perdition Cult. Always a power-trio, Act of Impalement‘s sound has never been easy to categorize; galloping, oft-doomy death metal and blackened crust are always at the fore, but Perdition Cult showed ever more sides to the band, including moshable thrash and blown-out sludge. This relative variety should’ve proved a boon, but Act of Impalement went on a recording hiatus thereafter.
Work began on Act of Impalement‘s second album in February 2020, when all instruments were recorded; vocals were then done in March 2021, with everything recorded & mixed by Yautja’s Shibby Poole. The wait was definitely worth it, for Infernal Ordinance is a monstrous work, with Act of Impalement at their gutsfucking and most focused best. Eschewing some of the variety of its full-length predecessor, Act of Impalement‘s second album surges forward with more songwriting finesse; every riff is given maximal room to inflict damage, every segment carried forward to its conclusion, and every transition seamless. That the power-trio can still show traces of Cianide, Bolt Thrower, Prophecy of Doom, and even Archgoat – often, all in the same song – and make it meld together consistently and compellingly is no small feat. Add to that their characteristically GUTTED guitar & bass tone and Infernal Ordinance verily becomes its namesake. Perhaps best yet, the album doesn’t overstay its welcome: Act of Impalement get in and slaughter in a mere 29 minutes.
With world-eating mastering courtesy of Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios and stark cover artwork by Diablo Macabre, Act of Impalement have undeniably delivered their best record yet in Infernal Ordnance.
Hear for yourself with the brand-new track “Summoning the Final Conflagration” HERE at Caligari‘s Bandcamp, where the album can be preordered. Aforementioned cover artwork and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Act of Impalement’s Infernal Ordinance
1. Summoning the Final Conflagration
3. In Wolflight
4. Specters of Unlight
5. Creeping Barrage
5. Atomic Hecatomb
6. Blasphemous Rebirth
7. Death Hex